Infiniti optimizes its lineupJune 16, 2020
Last month, Nissan unveiled a restructuring plan that included cutting costs, closing factories, and eliminating some models.
The company’s early reports indicated that Infiniti would be hit hard by the changes, and the premium brand could eventually lose its rear-wheel drive models as part of the switch to Nissan plus. Now, the new chairman of Infiniti, Peyman Kargar, has clarified that Infiniti will move to a “sustainable business” that is profitable and offers an assortment of high-quality products.
While a range of Nissan models will be eliminated, Kargar said that Infiniti “is not going to reduce the lineup.” However, it is worth noting that the company has already abandoned the Q70 in North America. The manager also hinted that there are “a lot of good things that are not visible today.” He did not specify, but the company is preparing to introduce a QX55 crossover coupe at the end of this year.
Speaking about future models, the head confirmed that they will offer several options for power plants, including internal combustion engines, fully electric and “highly efficient” e-Power options. Speaking of the latter, the company previously described this option as electric fuel cars, which will have a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and a small battery pack with power from 3.5 to 5.1 kWh. The gasoline engine will generate electricity for electric motors, which will have a total power of 248 to 429 hp. However, unlike PHEV, e-Power models will not have charging ports.
Kargar did not talk about more controversial models of the lineup restructuring plan, but noted that Infiniti will have closer ties with Nissan. This worries fans, as it means that future Infiniti models will use platforms and motors with Nissan cars. This could lead to the Q50, for example, moving to the Nissan Altima platform.
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